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2011 Subaru Outback repairs by problem area

Engine (22%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (9%)

Brakes and Traction Control (9%)

Suspension and Steering (13%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (28%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (14%)

Other (6%)

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2011 Subaru Outback transmission repair cost distribution

$2500+ (0%)

$1000 - $2499 (25%)

$500 - $999 (13%)

$100 - $499 (13%)

< $100 (50%)

Chart based on 8 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.

2011 Subaru Outback

Engine not specified

2000 mi Nasty vibration from torque converter going in and out of lock-up. Dealer had car several times unable to replicate. I took off from work to take service manager and tech for instrumented ride, had no problem recreating problem. Replaced valve body. 
4000 mi Valve body suffered major failure a month or so after replaced (lit up dash big-time), limp-home mode. The second valve body started acting up within a day or two, needed to be replaced when I traded it. 
7000 mi Transmision shifting problems from first day,new trans after 3 weeks of hassle,and one tow in and two times delivery by me. 

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2011 Subaru Outback 4dr Wagon

256-horsepower 3.6L H6 5-speed shiftable automatic AWD

53320 mi

C $1400
Valve sticking. Replaced. 
18700 mi Transmission is slipping into passing gear going uphill at high speeds. Also, transmission is having a hard time going from 2nd to 3rd gear going uphill. 
41000 mi The torque converter was replaced due to severe vibration between 1500 and 2000 rpm under light loads. 

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2011 Subaru Outback 4dr Wagon

170-horsepower 2.5L H4 6-speed shiftable CVT AWD

72000 mi Instrument panel started looking like a Christmas tree. Cruise and auto emerg. brake release not working. Error code indic. bad CVT valve and/or harness, but code cleared okay. 
108650 mi

US $397
Front right wheel bearing was making a grinding noise. Noise began in December 2014 as a rubbing noise on curves. Within one week of repair grinding noises began front front right area. Entire assembly was replaced. 
39000 mi Car randomly shudders front to back after coming to a full stop, like waiting at a light. Also riding very rough at times, like it is off-roading. Poor acceleration when need it most. No error codes, computer updated, still a problem. 
11000 mi Front differential fluid is BLACK. They do not know what is causing it, drained & replaced fluid now tracking at next oil change if it is turning black again. 
127000 mi

US $1550
Multiple indicator lights illuminated or blinking; trouble code P0743 Torque converter solenoid circuit low. Dealer diagnosis recommended replacement of valve body assembly. 
62000 mi

US $399
Numerous dash lights, car was shifting harshly when engaging reverse or drive. Diagnosed as a faulty valve body which was replaced. Problem continued, transmission controller replaced, problem solved. 
32300 mi Reprogram transmission computer because car would shudder and nearly stall when climbing very steep hills at low speed (parking garage ramps) 
20000 mi shifts hard out of park when on any incline. Dealer stated this was "normal." Nothing was done... 
91000 mi Transmission oil pan had a tiny leak. It didn't warrant repair as it wasnt dripping but I had the seal replaced to avoid future issues. 
182000 mi

US $1942
Transmission valve body replaced. $900 part, 8q T fluid, 5 hr labor. 
2000 mi Have a metal clanking sound that appears to be coming from the transmission when slowing to a hasn't been able to fix it as they have not been able to replicate the sound. 
7000 mi On going problem of metal rattling under transmission when slowing to a stop. Level of noise ranges from loud to soft and is intermittent. Dealer heard it once but then could not replicate the problem. 
51000 mi Engine would stall when coming from high speed to a stop. They replaced the entire transmission. 

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2011 Subaru Outback 4dr Wagon

170-horsepower 2.5L H4 6-speed manual AWD

135000 mi

US $1300
replaced clutch. pedal stuck down at a stop light on way to work but was stilll in gear, allowed me to start out and switch between 1 and 2 on last mile to work.. could lift the pedal to up position but if touched, it went back to floor no tension. 
76000 mi

US $2000
New clutch. Throw out bearing .flywheel resurfaced and pilot bearing. 

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2011 Subaru Outback Transmission Problems

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